REGION CITIES PROJECT
The Institute’s flagship project is to support Government
prepare ambitious urban master plans that will transform parts of
the lower Western Region into world-class cities where residents
live the highest quality of life. Three cities shall be built over
a period of 20 years, one after the other and balancing demand with
supply. The program shall target Agona, Cape Three Points, Princes
Town, Axim, Asiama, Nkroful, Half Assini, among others. The cities
shall be designed to hold up to one million people each. With China
building 220 cities over a period of 20 years, it is appropriate
for Ghana to target at least 20 cities using similar strategies
adopted in China.
An initial amount of US$15 billion shall be invested in the programme
which will include new industries to drive the infrastructure programme.
Prior to constructing the infrastructure, inflows and receipts from
the sale of land will finance an integrated iron and steel processing
plant at Oppon Manse, cement plant at Nauli in Nzema, aluminum processing
plant at Awaso, rubber plant at Bonsa and glass plant at Aboso.
There shall be industries to manufacture tiles, tapping into large
clay, limestone and granite deposits in the country. Mining tailings
from old sites in Tarkwa, Prestea and other mining towns shall be
credited as aggregates for housing and construction works, among
With an initial area of 100 square km from each of the three locations,
an amount of $15 billion shall be invested over 8 years, half of
this amount raised from land financing, and the rest raised from
bonds and stocks, microfinance, credit system, equity holdings and
Direct Foreign Investment.. Ghana shall also take up loans and the
only legitimate reason for taking on debt is to create wealth.
The cities shall benefit from massive infrastructure and manufacturing
establishments, with world-class medical, sports, cultural and eco-tourism
facilities, underpinned by significant economic and employment generation
activities. The Kundum festival shall be raised into an international
phenomenon, marking a key activity on the calendar of tourists.
The Sports City shall be an integrated settlement where one can
live, work, learn, play and watch sports. With a year round calendar
of sports and entertainment, the Sports City shall be an international
centre of attraction. Featuring leading sporting academies, state-of-the-art-stadiums,
open tennis and golf courses, the city shall be Ghana’s most
active lifestyle community.
A Building Materials city shall be designed to gather a huge number
of companies that manufacture building materials. Materials that
will be manufactured include several varieties of indoor and outdoor
tiles, steel and aluminum products, PVC products, timber veneer
and furniture, plumbing and electrical products, ironmongery and
glazing products, household appliances, etc. The launch of Building
Materials City shall mark the beginning of an astounding growth
of Ghana’s real estate industry.
An Industrial Growth zone equipped with superior facilities for
light and medium industries shall provide fully functional, efficient
and lucrative areas with independent designations assigned to a
series of sectors. The infrastructure-ready plots shall be suitable
for a variety of industrial uses guaranteed to provide a wide range
of manufacturing and assembling supplies and services. The zone
shall also provide a logistics park perfect for storage and warehousing.
Ghana shall build buildings that will last, and steel, glass and
aluminium skylines will be the strongest part of the city’s
brand. The new capital city shall host the headquarters of major
international institutions and agencies, research bodies, and multinational
corporations that have turned away from Accra due to inadequate
infrastructure facilities. When we build, and build them right,
they will come. Developing the cities shall reduce the pressure
of development in Accra enabling policymakers to systematically
redesign and regenerate Accra into a world class national capital.
Ghana shall use advantages of land financing as part of the funding
mix for the development of the western region cities project. With
land financing, there is upfront generation of funds which reduces
the burden of borrowing. Land developments shall be priced to reflect
costs of accommodating growth. Several cities have managed to do
this. For example, Cairo raised as amount of $3.12 billion from
the sale of 2100 hectares of desert land, and another $1.45 billion
from 3,300 hectares all without financial cost to Government. In
Mumbai, $1.2 billion was obtained from only 13 hectares. Currently,
several billions dollars are being raised in Cape Town, Bangalore,
Khartoum, Luanda, Bogota, Istanbul, etc, to finance infrastructure.
Each cities, with an area of 10,000 hectares (10 km square) shall
generate an estimated $2.5 billion from land sales over six years.
The infrastructure investments, especially transportation, telecommunications,
electricity and water supply works that will be carried out in the
Cape Three Points enclave shall drive up prices, and as the land
values increase more than the investments costs, the public budget
should share in these land value gains.
The solution to breaking the problem of unemployment is industrial
development. Industrialization is the only policy directive that
will ensure quality employment. Industrialization will promote development
of several types of employment, from highly skilled white-color
jobs to blue-color factory workers. The massive real estate industry
anticipated shall require a buoyant construction sector, which is
a prerequisite for the success of the programme. Contractors, construction
personnel and consultants shall be the bedrock of Ghana’s
industrialization and modernization programme. We shall work to
improve the classification system of contractors, design effective
monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to measure the performance
of contractors, and establish a body through an act of parliament
to regulate the sector. Estimated final employment shall exceed
one million by 2016, including thousands of construction-related
occupations such as Construction Managers, Electricians, Carpenters,
Bricklayers, Plumbers, Tilers, etc. We shall assist the Government
to build national awareness of the importance of skilled workers
to building the nation’s economy and send the message that
careers in the skilled trades will be plentiful, lucrative, and
The Grand Deal
The Institute shall help craft a recovery programme for the State,
Corporate Ghana, and the citizens called The Grand Deal. The Grand
Deal is a tripartite deal aimed at establishing a more secured nation
state, ensure a disciplined citizenry, develop infrastructure, reform
business and financial practices, increase productivity, and give
work to the unemployed. It will modernise the industrial and agricultural
sectors, reduce crime, improve credit in the financial sector, and
promote development. The essence of the Grand Deal is while we need
law-abiding, disciplined, educated and hardworking citizens for
nation-building, Corporate Ghana and Industry shall drive the growth
agenda through business innovation, while the state distributes
the wealth to the people.
With the Grand deal, and the establishment of industrial and manufacturing
processing plants, Ghana will be generating products and creating
new markets at the same time. Ghana shall trade first with itself,
then the 250 million people in the sub-region, before sending the
rest to the world. The Ghana brand will have a niche for quality;
while excellence becomes the Trade Mark of the State.
New laws to catalyze development
New Acts of parliament shall be enacted to support the programme
and new institutions shall be incubated. These include i) the Western
Region Cities Development Authority, ii) Natural Resources Authority
Act, iii) National Credit Act, iv) Infrastructure Development Bank
Act, v) Integrated Iron and Steel Authority vi) Aluminum Authority
Act, vii) Cement Commission, viii) Land and Equity Act, ix) Tile
and Natural Stone Commission, x) Construction Industry Development
Authority, etc. The Railway Development Authority Act is already
in place and the Government shall be supported to develop a world
class railway system, a source of pride for the nation.
Ghana will not only focus on an efficient agriculture and industrial
economy, but also services, knowledge and innovation economies.
We anticipate that in 12 years, the country shall have an efficient
public sector with Ghanaians among the highest paid people in Africa.
Our Institute has created a model where for example, the salary
of and average teacher will increase from GHANA CEDI equivalent
of $300 to $1,800 during the period under our public sector Competitiveness
plan. In this globalized era, this country has no option. We need
to increase the purchasing power of the average Ghanaian to enable
our people purchase assets not just in Ghana, but also overseas.
The public sector which promotes Government business shall be the
first to reap the fruits of the Grand Deal. This is how Japan, South
Korea, the United States and other developed nations developed their
A better Ghana
The combination of the State credit system, quality infrastructure,
a secured State, buoyant private sector, responsible and law-abiding
citizenry, expanded market, plus high rates of return on investment
and large potential inflows of foreign capital shall ignite a self-reinforcing
cycle of investment, development, more investment and more growth
in Ghana that will signify the birth of the Ghana’s economic
boom. The institutions, structures and industries that will be created
will help create millions of productive jobs, and permanently raise
the productive level of the Ghanaian economy.
The Institute shall support the Government in the preparation and
implementation of Ghana’s industrialization and infrastructure
programme, drafting and sponsoring legislation, and recruiting advisors
and staffers to strengthen the new bodies. The Institute shall walk
hand in hand, step by step, and brick by brick with the Government
to make this a reality. Indeed we shall be privileged to assist
Government prepare a comprehensive national vision for this country.
World-class cities are not built overnight, but if we do not start
today, they would never become a reality. In city design, good things
do not happen by accident. They are planned for. Our new city shall
shape the character of future generations for centuries to come.
Hopefully, our descendants will look back proudly from the beautiful
new renaissance cities the nation has built, at our humble efforts
in these times in the midst of the global crisis mankind ever faced,
with gratitude that we were able to give each one of them and their
children, in any part of the country they may inhabit, the opportunities
to live lives worthy of the sacred creations of God. We shall not
have the moment again if we let this chance slip by, if we let the
beautiful lands in the lower western region develop into slum settlements.